April 2010 is exactly one year after Aida and I started our mini mangroves planting at Kuala Melaka, Langkawi. Little did I realise that our planting coincided with Earth Day. Remembering the same period that we did the planting, I woke up on that morning and decided to release these seedlings that had been with me for almost a year.
The longest stands at 28cm after almost 1 year
The extreme dry season in January 2010 had made the mudflat like a desert (West Coast Mangroves is now Half a Desert!!) and now the tide has gone up further. The highest tide for this day on April 27th 2010 was at 2.91 meter. Yahoo! Planting is back in action!
When I got to the site, I cursed myself silly for leaving my camera at home...urrrggghhh. So, I am afraid that you have to look at these pictures taken via my low resolution hand phone camera.
The highest tide on April 27th 2010 was 2.91 meter with the young trees half submerged in the water
Notice the swells coming in?
The tide rise up so fast that I felt like I was racing against time putting in those seedlings. I stopped after 45 minutes in the mud. As I stood alone on the mud observing the swells coming in, I realised that it wasn't the swells to be blamed entirely on the lost of most of the seedlings planted previously. Those large debris like drift woods, coconut logs, tree logs and etc carried by the swells were some of the culprits for knocking those seeds off the mud! Those speeding fishing boats entering the estuary aggravate the condition. What I did was planting those seedlings in between the young trees. These young trees are much stabilised now that they could provide shelter to the seedlings. Hope this works, fingers crossed. How I wish I have the time to do tagging on the seedlings too.
I decided to have a rest at a warung to have my favourite drink of Sirap Selasih and chat with the Tiga boys that stopped by for a drink. After the boys had left to open their cafe, I realised the tide has gone down and I decided to finish off the work.
It was just me, myself and I planting 50 over seedlings on a nice cloudy day. There are more planting days to come as there was another batch collected.